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Proposal to hike homeguards’ pay

Guwahati, Dec. 6: Homeguards are likely to get a daily hike of around Rs 50 to Rs 75 per day even as one of its associations today boycotted the Raising Day function held on the outskirts of Guwahati this morning.

A proposal to hike the daily pay is awaiting the approval of the finance department, said parliamentary secretary (home) Bhupen Kumar Borah, who was the chief guest at today’s function.

“We are seriously looking into it and something positive is expected very soon. Both homeguards and police are important organs of the government in maintaining order and we are aware that both have to face a lot of constraints. I cannot spell out the details but we are working towards providing some relief to the homeguards both by way of pay as well as other facilities,” Borah told the Telegraph.

The homeguards, at present get Rs 150 a day.

The proposed hike is Rs 50 but it may exceed the amount, according to sources in the government. “We are also looking into their demand for some facilities during the six months of training. They may get around Rs 200 to Rs 225,” one of the sources said.

“We boycotted the homeguards’ Raising Day function at Painikhaiti today as our volunteers have not been given their due, be it in terms of wages or facilities. Only the top-level officers are given medals and awards at such functions. So, none from our organisation was present today,” the president of All India Home Guard Welfare Association, Assam state committee, Dwipen Sarma, told The Telegraph today.

The association was formed in 1998 as the Assam Home Guards Welfare Association and was registered under the All India Home Guard Welfare Association in 2009.

There is a breakaway organisation called the All Assam Trained Home Guards Association, formed in 2005, by two members.

These two members were expelled from the Assam Home Guards Welfare Association after they were found to be involved with activities against the interests of the homeguards.